Know the signs this Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - it could save your life
Each year in Queensland, approximately 280 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
February marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Cancer Council Queensland are calling upon Queensland women to familiarise themselves with the symptoms and risk factors of the disease.
The three most common forms of ovarian cancer are epithelial, germ cell and stromal cell.
The cause of ovarian cancer is unknown, however some factors that can increase risk of ovarian cancer include age, genetic factors, family history reproductive history, lifestyle and hormonal factors.
Unfortunately, ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose at an early stage, largely because symptoms can be vague or like those of other common illnesses.
These symptoms may include increased abdominal size or bloating, unexplained abdominal or pelvic pain, feeling full and/or having difficulty eating, unexplained weight gain or loss, back pain, indigestion, diarrhea, changes in menstrual pattern, bleeding after menopause, pain during sex, nausea or excessive fatigue.
As these symptoms may occur with other conditions, see your doctor if they are new, severe, cause discomfort, persist over a period of time or if you are concerned.
These symptoms can also occur in many other conditions and do not necessarily mean you have cancer, but it is best to have a check-up
If you or a loved one needs support following a cancer diagnosis, please call 13 11 20 or visit cancerqld.org.au.
Ms Chris McMillan
CEO, Cancer Council Queensland
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